Maria Sharapova and Jimmy Connors were apparently not particularly mindful of the motto on the flag of Cincinnati while in town for the Western & Southern Open.
"Strength in unity"
Shortly after the 26-year-old Russian tennis star was upset by Sloane Stephens in the first round on Thursday, she fired Connors, as first reported by The Times of London. The eight-time Grand Slam winner had been her coach for just 34 days and one match, according to ESPN.
After Sharapova's come-from-ahead 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 defeat to Stephens, Connors seemed to think that they were just getting started.
Every good round starts with a bogey-- Not the start we wanted, so back to work tomorrow.
— Jimmy Connors (@JimmyConnors) August 14, 2013
Apparently, Sharapova did not see things the same way.
"It’s not the right fit for this time in my career," Sharapova said in a statement emailed to TENNIS.com that confirmed the firing.
Connors next message on Twitter suggested that he handled the dismissal well -- and with a stiff drink.
Back home in SB-- family,pups, and home cooking. Oh-- I forgot, and a vodka on the rocks.
— Jimmy Connors (@JimmyConnors) August 15, 2013
Sharapova hired Connors in July following a second-round exit from Wimbledon. The 2004 Wimbledon champ was ousted by Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal and had not participated in a tournament until arriving in Cincinnati.